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User Review  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

The Dust Bowl was both a great ecological and a great human disaster and Tim Egan presents each narrative well. Human action--the quest for short-term profit--proved once again to lead to self-destruction. The lesson, alas, is one that has yet to be learned. Read full review

The Worst Hard Time

User Review  - joy86 -

I grew up learning that the Dust Bowl was a difficult time for our country. Little did I realize just how much suffering and sacrifice the people in the region experienced. This book relates the true ... Read full review

Fascinating read!

User Review  - sweetie10 -

I loved reading about this dark period in this country's history--something I knew little about. I'd read about the Joad family's struggle in The Grapes of Wrath (which was made during the "final ... Read full review

The Worst Hard Time

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This book has helped me to understand the history of my family from Oklahoma. One family went back and forth between California & OK, other family rode out the Great Depression and Dust Bowl on the ... Read full review

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A very informative story about a major environmental disaster - a disaster whose prime causes were human. A disrespect of natural ecosystems and environmental limits, best summarized by the common phrase "rain follows the plow", combined with greed, speculation leading to a wheat price bubble, and a drought within normal climate variation turned a sublime grassland that once supported bison and Comanches alike into an American desert. Science, in the personification of John Wesley Powell, had warned against such unsustainable agriculture, but like climate science today, was ignored by development boosters and politicians alike. While the perseverance and hard work of the farmers profiled are admirable and hard to comprehend to modern minds, the denial of environmental facts seem all too familiar today. The New Deal responses of Roosevelt and Bennett were well-intentioned and partly successful, but in retrospect the use of tree shelter belts and agricultural subsidies were mistakes that morphed into sometimes counterproductive and problematic government programs. 

Great history

User Review  - kajee -

The price is less than the store's. It's a great history of the era. ... Read full review


User Review  - rhiannong -

gave as gift, along with other items. this book was especially appreciated. Read full review

Piece of History---

User Review  - billy929 -

Tells it like it was..Dark days in our history about very hardy and determined people. Read full review

Great Book

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If you loved Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, this book about those left behind is important and fascinating. ... Read full review

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